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Thrive Market vs. Amazon Prime
**Updated for 2019**
I discovered Thrive Market a few years ago, this fairly new website that sells healthy, wholesome food at wholesale prices online. Think Whole Foods meets Costco meets Amazon Prime! When I first heard of Thrive Market, I wasn’t sure why I would need another subscription service when I already have Amazon Prime. Well, after checking out the prices on Thrive Market, I changed my mind!
One Thrive feature that I love is that you can shop by your values. Gluten-free, Vegan, Paleo, Raw, and Moms are a few of the search categories. You can also search for things like US-based, family businesses and cruelty-free companies. The cost is $59.95 per year, but you can get a 30-day trial absolutely free! With every membership purchased, Thrive Market also donates a membership to a family in need, which I think is pretty awesome.
Ordering on Thrive Market vs. Amazon Prime
This is an order that I made with Thrive Market. This following list is exactly what I ordered, and exactly what I paid. I took the individual items and compared them to Amazon prices. I am a long-time Amazon Prime user and I am VERY happy with Amazon. That being said, I am always looking for ways to save money on healthy, gluten-free food. I wanted to compare apples-to-apples prices for Amazon Prime and Thrive Market.
It was difficult to do this because some Amazon options were only available in bulk. I still feel like it is a good comparison of the same exact products. This isn’t really a comparison of Thrive Market vs. Amazon prime services, because they are completely different. If you live in an area where healthy or allergy-friendly food is harder to access or just plain expensive, Thrive Market may be a great option for you even if you already use Amazon prime.
My Shopping List
Dr. Bronner’s Organic Castile Liquid Soap 32oz
Amazon: $18.20 | Thrive Market: $10.95
Organic Raw Coconut Aminos 8oz
Amazon: $17.95 | Thrive Market: $4.45 (**Amazon also had a 3 pack for $22.99 which comes to $7.66/each, but if you only want to order one the Prime price is $17.95)
Justin’s Almond Butter 16oz
Amazon: $14.61 | Thrive Market: $11.25
Bob’s Red Mill Tapioca Starch 20oz
Amazon: $7.97 | Thrive Market: $2.95
Bragg’s Liquid Aminos 32oz
Amazon: $12.58 | Thrive Market: $5.95
Organic Valley Ghee 32oz
Amazon: $15.88 (not prime) | Thrive Market: $10.95
Big Tree Farms Coconut Sugar 16oz
Amazon: $5.29 (Prime Panty) or 6 bags for $31.64 ($5.27/each) | Thrive Market: $4.65
Bob’s Red Mill Stone Ground White Rice Flour 24oz
Amazon: $6.99 | Thrive Market: $2.55 (**Amazon also had a 4 pack for $20.08 which comes to $5.02/each)
Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips Mega Chunk 10oz
Amazon: $4.19 (**only available in a 6pack) | Thrive Market: $4.45
Kiss My Face Whitening Toothpaste (each, I bought 2)
Amazon: $5.65 (subscribe & save) | Thrive Market: $3.45
Amazon Total: $109.31 | Thrive Market Total: $60.40*
As you can see, the Thrive total is quite a bit less than Amazon Prime. The Amazon total is more of an estimate since some items could not be ordered by themselves. For certain items, ordering on Amazon prime in bulk does make more sense, especially since there is no minimum order for free two-day shipping. Overall, you can see that you almost save the subscription price on Thrive Market vs. Amazon Prime with just one purchase.
What about comparing prices of Thrive Market to grocery stores? I would have to go to a grocery store to do an exact side-by-side analysis, but I can say that overall the 25-50% retail savings are accurate. The one thing that I noticed to be slightly higher is Lara Bars. I can (a limited variety) get Lara Bars at my local Wal-Mart for slightly less than the Thrive Market price. Otherwise, everything that I compared was quite a bit less expensive than at a traditional grocery store.
*Thrive Market almost always has some sort of “free with purchase” option available, making their prices even better! I have received coconut oil, snack bars, and other full-size products with a purchase. Thrive Market has free shipping with $49 orders. Shipping seems to take 3-4 days. Of course, Amazon Prime ships in two days. However, the best deals on Amazon are, in my opinion, with subscribe and save, which only arrives once a month.
So which one is better? Amazon Prime or Thrive Market?
Let’s break it down again looking at a few different factors.
- Shipping time
- Gift with purchase
- Variety of products
- Ethical reasons
For our family, it makes the most sense to order our healthy food from Thrive Market. However, we still use Amazon Prime for things like toilet paper and other household products. I believe that Thrive has overall better prices, and I love that you can always get some kind of gift with purchase. If you need something in a hurry or only one item, Amazon is a better deal because the shipping is free and faster. Amazon does have more products overall, but when it comes to healthy food, health, and household products, Thrive can’t be beaten. If you want to support a company who is really going above and beyond to do some good, you should definitely be supporting Thrive Market.
So what do you think about the prices of Thrive Market vs. Amazon Prime? I love Amazon Prime, and I use it for subscribe and save, watching TV shows, and quick shipping. If you don’t have a Prime account, you can try Amazon Prime FREE for 30 days. My Prime account isn’t going anywhere, but I definitley found a new online store to get my healthy food and household products.
If you’ve had any experiences that you’d like to share, please let me know in the comments! If you’re interested in signing up for Thrive Market, they have a free 30-day trial too! You can go here to try it for free.